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British court clears woman accused of having Syria jihad cash in her underwear

Published on Aug 14, 2014 12:22 AM

LONDON (AFP) - A woman accused of trying to smuggle €20,000 (S$33,000) in cash hidden in her underwear to jihadists fighting in Syria was found not guilty by a British court on Wednesday.

The 11-person jury at London's Old Bailey found Nawal Msaad, 27, not guilty of funding terrorism, but convicted her friend Amal El-Wahabi, who allegedly used her as a "trusted courier".

Msaad was stopped at London's Heathrow Airport and found to have the cash in notes wrapped in a condom that prosecutors alleged fell into her underwear after being lodged inside her body.

El-Wahabi's husband, Aine Davis, had asked for the money after leaving Britain in July 2013 to join Islamist militants fighting in Syria, the court heard.

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